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By Janice S. Ellis, Ph.D., Kansas City, MO –
Resolutions of years past should be our focus as we set new ones for this year. This time of year we take time to meditate on new goals, set new resolutions only to watch them fade away in a week or month or two. Rather than making new resolutions for 2016, why not do something novel like finishing resolutions of years past.
Without a doubt, we all have old resolutions that we’ve either totally forgotten having ever made, or simply gave up completing them. As a result, we may have experienced remorse, defeatism, inadequacy, and a host of other negative and non-productive feelings.
You can easily resolve to work on making things better. For example, instead of say making just one more resolution to lose 20 lbs (or whatever your number is), merely incorporate healthy eating habits, and exercise into your daily routine. Chances are you’ll lose weight and feel better; the lasting effect could be an overall healthier lifestyle.
Revisit resolutions of years past and prioritize the crucial three or four, whether they involve self, family, career, or community, and candidly assess what you had expected to accomplish vs. what you truly did, and just pick up where you left off.
This strategy offers immediate advantages. First, you can drop the long standing remorse or baggage that you simply take — consciously or subliminally — around always beginning something and never finishing it. You’ll take corrective actions and that feels good within itself. In addition, you’ll really do something that you should have done long ago.
You’re also likely to see a fresh awareness of energy, after shedding the weight of all that guilt, by taking on other interests and tasks as these opportunities present themselves during 2016.
Seem too easy? Well when considering your track record of keeping past New Year’s resolutions, is not finishing old ones worth a try?
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